Dirty Dancing

I haven’t posted in a while…I won’t go into details but bottom line, I haven’t been inspired.  Tonight on the other hand, I had a moment of inspiration with my favorite movie…Dirty Dancing.

I’ve been struggling a bit at work and it’s been keeping me up at night…last night was no different.  So when I got to work this morning, my grande coconut milk latte with two raw sugars was top priority.   I pretty much had a meeting that lasted all day defining requirements and documenting processes (fun stuff!) and I needed to be somewhat coherent.  Mid afternoon, when my awesome co-worker said he was going downstairs to Starbucks and asked if I wanted anything (his treat), I caved.  Cold brew with cream, please! About half way through, I already knew I had had too much coffee for the day and it meant I’d be up late tonight.  Caffeine is not my friend these days which is disappointing.  Anything after 11am and I’m up till at least 1am.  I blame menopause but that’s a whole other story I’ll save for a later time. Fortunately though, as I’m sitting here, my favorite movie is on so I’m entertained until I get sleepy.  I’ve seen Dirty Dancing like a million times but it still makes me happy. This movie just transport me to a different time, a different space, a different mindset.

I remember the first time I saw Dirty Dancing but it wasn’t in the theater, I’m not sure why though. The movie originally came out in 1987 when I was in the 7th grade.  I was old enough to go to see it but maybe life was busy in the 7th grade.  I mean I was ‘dating’ Jason D.  Our relationship was long…it lasted about 17 hours…and mostly was spent talking on the phone.  I remember telling him I had gotten my hair done and I looked like Jennifer Gray.  He thought that was cool but in the end, I knew he wasn’t my ‘Johnny’ and I ended things.  Anyways, the first time I actually saw the movie was at a slumber party for my friend Tracy’s birthday.  It had just come out on VHS and we rewinded several times the scene that Patrick Swayze gets out of bed and  you can see the side of his butt.  Here’s the clip. At this moment, Patrick Swayze made it to my laminated list.

Side note: I was searching for a giphy of this Johnny’s butt so you didn’t have to watch the whole scene but it doesn’t seem to exist, weird.  Re-watching this clip however, reminded that I once tried to recreate this scene with an unknowing college boyfriend by asking in my Jennifer Gray voice ‘have  you had many women?‘  Clearly he hadn’t seen the movie and didn’t quite have the same response as Patrick and I don’t think the ‘relationship’ lasted much longer.  I learned never to ask that question again.

I have lots of favorite scenes in the movie and if you know me, I quote quite a few of them frequently.  Here are just a few of my favorites…

  1. “I carried a watermelon.” This is probably one of my favorite parts of the movie when Baby first meets Johnny.  She doesn’t know what to say so she clumsily says the first thing that comes to mind to justify why she’s at the forbidden dance party for the staff.  I’ve use this phrase when…
    • I’ve dated the wrong guy…again…and again.  I have a friend who also loves this movie and we’d exchange emails with this quote in the title to share our crazy story about meeting Mr. Wrong.  I’m married now and haven’t carried that melon in a long time.  I kinda met my ‘Johnny’ and married him…although my ‘Johnny’ ironically hates dancing. When we were first engaged I suggested we learn the ‘dance’ for our wedding and he basically said no way.
      • As a side note, one of the clues that I was marrying Mr. Right, he actually had the Dirty Dancing soundtrack on CD.  I don’t know that he will actually admit it though but trust me, I saw it in his collection.
    • Since I don’t date anymore, I tend to use this phrase when I’ve done something stupid like…like drink coffee in the afternoon or signing up for another marathon.
  2. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”  I mean…this is classic.  I don’t think I need to go into detail of when you can use this phrase.  It works in several situations.
  3. “Put your pickle on everyone’s plate and leave the hard stuff to me”…I haven’t used this one but I think I should..especially dealing with unruly clients…just kidding.
  4. “This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine.”  I have used this line on someone on the plane once who decided to fight me  for the armrest.  I have a thing about personal space…seriously, don’t get too close.
  5. “Me?. I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, about who I am and most of all I’m scared of walkin’ out of this room and never feelin’ the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”  I like this quote because I’m also scared of everything but most because I’m scare of getting old, having regrets, and not living a life I love.

OK, so I’ll spare you the rest of my quotes.  I realize this movie isn’t for everyone and I’m not a great person to watch this movie with because I turn it into my own musical and recite all the lines.  Like I said in the beginning, this movie transports me to a place where nothing else matters and always puts me in a good mood.

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